Daily Digest – March 16. Judge Grants MSJ Over Inclusion of ‘Interest’ in Letters; Collectors Banned From Industry in Settlement with FTC

NDOH JUDGE GRANTS MSJ FOR DEFENDANT IN FDCPA CASE OVER INCLUSION OF ‘INTEREST’ IN LETTERS

  • In a case that was defended by the Law Office of Boyd Gentry, a District Court judge in Ohio has granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case, ruling that the plaintiff lacked standing to claim an injury after receiving collection letters that listed itemized columns for interest and other charges that were not accruing, because he didn’t do anything to show that he was harmed by their inclusion.

DEFENDANTS SETTLE WITH FTC, AGREE TO LIFETIME BAN FROM COLLECTION INDUSTRY

JUDGE GRANTS MTD ON CLAIM COLLECTOR NAME VIEWABLE THROUGH ENVELOPE WINDOW VIOLATES FDCPA

  • A District Court judge in New Jersey has granted a defendant’s motion to dismiss a claim in a class-action suit that it violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by allowing its name — Unifund CCR — to be viewed through a glassine window on an envelope containing a collection letter, rejecting the plaintiff’s argument that anyone could learn that the company was a debt collector by looking up the company name online. The judge denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss a claim that the creditor to whom the debt was owed violated the FDCPA because it was not licensed under state law in New Jersey.

MCHENRY BILL TO EXCLUDE PAID MEDICAL DEBTS FROM CREDIT REPORTS

  • A bill has been introduced by Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-N.C.], the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, that would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to exclude paid, non-elective medical debts from a consumer’s credit report and prohibit credit reporting agencies from using Social Security numbers for verification purposes, among other provisions.

ACA INTERNATIONAL CEO MARK NEEB REFUTES CLAIMS THAT COLLECTORS ARE TARGETING ECONOMIC STIMULUS CHECKS

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